12 Minute HIIT Home Workout for Women
As you may or may not know HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is now the preferred method of cardio for those looking to burn fat faster and in less time than your traditional steady state cardio. It is much more time friendly than traditional, boring cardio and makes your body more appealing with a more athletic look.
What is HIIT?
HIIT is relatively simple really. You do a high intensity exercise for a certain amount of time (usually 30-50 seconds) followed by a short rest period (usually 10-30 seconds) then back to the intense exercise, then rest and so on. You continue this back and forth between high intensity and rest for usually 10 to 20 minutes and that’s it, you are done. By the end you should be wiped out. If not, you didn’t go hard enough or you took too long to rest.
What are the benefits of HIIT?
HIIT has several benefits aside from just giving you a rockin’ bod that people will die for. They are:
- Improve your VO2 oxygen intake
- Enhance athletic performance in any sport
- Burn fat faster while maintaining muscle
- Improved heart and cardiovascular health
- Fight the agonizing boredom of standard cardio
- Save you time in the gym so you can live your life…….
What are good exercises for HIIT?
The more intense the better usually when it comes to HIIT, crunches really aren’t going to cut it. Desired HIIT exercises are things like sprinting, burpees, mountain climbers, stair climbing, push-ups, rowing machines, air squats, ball slams, jumping rope, knee-ups, kettlebell swings and battle ropes.
If you are working out at home though many of these are not an option so you need to get a bit more creative. Luckily the good folks at Athlean-X put together this nice 12 minute HIIT workout so you can get a great workout in just 12 minutes from the comfort of your own home. Be ready though, it isn’t easy.